Anonymous, that is.
When I thought about starting this blog, I knew right away that if I did, I wanted to go the anonymous route. There are a lot of different reasons why it makes sense, but then there are also limitations that come with not putting your face and identity out there. Lately, I’ve been pondering the pros and cons of being an anonymous blogger versus being open and out there.
In Favor of Anonymity
First and foremost, there’s the issue of privacy. I’m really not crazy about sharing photos and being identifiable from my blog, especially if I start sharing numbers and details related to our finances. It’s a little scary how much you can find out about a person from the web these days, like information about home addresses, specific locations, etc.. It just makes me nervous.
On a previous blog I kept in another niche, I was much more open about myself in terms of sharing photos and the names of people in my life (with their consent). While I took care not to reveal any info that was too personal, I still always had this slightly uneasy feeling lingering around. If I had it to do over again, would I have been as open as I was and shared as many photos as I did on there? I’m not sure.
Another issue that came along with being so open on my previous blog was that friends, family, and acquaintances could read it. While it was cool to get their support, eventually I found that I had a really hard time writing and sharing as freely as I did in the beginning. Something about knowing that they would be reading occasionally felt weird, and was sort of stifling at times.
The Case Against Anonymity
One of the reasons that I started this blog was to help further my freelance writing pursuits. It can definitely be tough when much of the expert advice out there for freelancers encourages you to have a professional looking photo on your site for potential clients to see.
It makes perfect sense that people would identify much easier with an actual human than some random avatar. It strengthens your professional profile and shows that you truly are a real person and not just some random spammer. I do worry about how much this could hold me back.
For now, I’m going to continue blogging somewhat anonymously. I feel comfortable with where I’m at, and I’ll likely share photos of myself that aren’t too revealing or identifying. I definitely need to add a photo to my About page, and I’m considering changing up my Gravatar while it’s still early in the game.
*Update: As you may have guessed, I no longer blog anonymously!
So what about you- are you completely open on your blog, or do you prefer blogging anonymously?